Zachary Zuber, Exercise Physiology & Physical Therapy
“UMass Lowell has already given me the skills to help make my goal a reality.”
Even though many of Zack Zuber’s family members attended UMass Lowell, he wasn’t convinced that it was the place for him – that is, until he visited the campus.
“Once I toured UMass Lowell, I instantly fell in love,” says Zuber, who recently graduated from the exercise physiology program. “I visited many campuses and UMass Lowell is the only one where I truly felt at home and comfortable.”
Zuber got involved with Greek life, joining Sigma Beta Rho fraternity, of which he was elected president his sophomore year. In his new position, he discovered a chance to make a powerful and positive impact on his community.
“I always believed that a fraternity should support the university on campus as much as much as off campus,” says Zuber. “Being in Greek life helped me bring events that are fun, exciting and educational to the student body.”
Sigma Beta Rho hosted about 20 on-campus events, resulting in the fraternity winning the university’s 2015-16 Excellence in Cultural Diversity Programming Award.
Drawing on the skills he developed as fraternity president, he was able to take that passion and leadership to other organizations. By the end of his senior year, Zuber was serving on six executive boards. For his service, the university awarded him the 2015-16 Leadership Legacy Builder Award and the 2016 Chancellor’s Medal for Student Service.
One of the fraternity’s shining achievements was St. Jude Up ’til Dawn, an all-night fundraising event for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
“We raised more than $37,000 – more than double the first year’s amount – placing us in the top 10 nationally,” says Zuber.
As a board member of Disable the Label, a group that works to connect students with and without disabilities, Zuber helped organize an inclusive floor hockey clinic and scrimmage that became one of the most successful events held by any UMass Lowell organization. Disable the Label won the university’s 2015-16 Student Organization of the Year.
Although he graduated in May, Zuber has already started studying for the next chapter of his life.
“I am attending UMass Lowell’s doctor of physical therapy program because there was no other school that I would rather attend,” he says. “I want a career as a physical therapist so that I can help people and form relationships with them. UMass Lowell has already given me the skills to help make that goal a reality.”